ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 03: Johnny Damon #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays heads to third base in the seventh inning on a Casey Kotchman #11 single before scoring the Rays second run later in the inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 3, 2011 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Damon, 38, spent the 2011 season with the Tampa Bay Rays, where he hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 150 games. In nearly 2500 career games, Damon has hit .286/.353/.435 (105 OPS+), compiling over 50 wins above replacement.
As it stands, Damon and Lee represent some of the more obvious designated hitter options for the Tigers. A few days ago, our own Satchel Price looked at some of the under-the-radar options for Detroit to fill their void: Travis Snider, Brandon Allen, Adam LaRoche, Kendrys Morales, Carlos Lee and Allen Craig.
Twitter / @jonmorosi: #Tigers are indeed pursuin ...
"#Tigers are indeed pursuing Johnny Damon, source says. At this point, he's a stronger possibility than Derrek Lee."